I celebrated my 23rd birthday just a little less than two weeks ago. By that time, all three of my brothers had left our home to go their separate ways, and my second-youngest sister was also preparing to leave the state. Now, it's just Greta, Cookie, me, and my parents again. The house is quieter, admittedly more peaceful, and a little empty.
|My 13th birthday. It's been ten years since I became a teenager.|
I know I'm not being all that I can be.
Okay, enough of the heavy (well, for about a paragraph). I have actually found quite a lot of silver lining even in my disappointments and melancholy. For example, I've struck up some awesome new friendships and nurtured old ones as well. I'm also quite proud of my reading streak. (I occasionally go through phases of Reader's Block, during which my mind is too restless for a book to hold its attention. Reader's Block is especially frustrating for someone who loves books as much as I do). Anyway, I read the Divergent trilogy in less than a week...
I won't give away any spoilers, but I will offer a little background for anyone who isn't familiar with the series. The dystopian setting reminds me of The Hunger Games, but Veronica Roth breathes a fresh kind of life into her vision of a post-apocalyptic Chicago. (Also, the writing is better). In this world, people are divided up into five factions, each based on one of the following virtues: honesty, kindness, selflessness, intelligence, and courage. The story follows Beatrice "Tris" Prior, a 16-year-old who shows an aptitude for three factions rather than one. Because of this, Tris is a threat to the system and must guard her secret to save her life from the people who want to eliminate all "divergent" citizens.
I became interested in this series through a friend's recommendation but I didn't get around to reading it until seeing the trailer for its upcoming film adaptation. Of course, seeing the male lead helped to motivate me to read the books. Ulterior motives aside, though, I found the trilogy to be deeply moving and surprisingly sophisticated for the YA genre.
I know it's a small thing but I feel a sense of accomplishment when I finish a book or a series of books. I think this is just one step towards my new year of productiveness.
Now, I'm off to find the next good book, or maybe to just get more tea...